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I get this too, I have no idea why though. My hr goes down to the 40's at night sometimes and it is such an uncomfortable feeling- it feels like my hr is so forceful but then it is so low. I never know what to do- sometimes I try sitting up and that will make my hr go up, but then make my bp fall....

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i talked to my neuro a couple days ago because i had been having HR's in the 40's as well at night. he said it was normal for this to occur, as nighttime and during sleep periods (even if you are wide awake at 2am just laying in bed) the HR is less because of increased parasympathetic tone.

he also said that beta blockade therapy can cause the rates to be lower than normal for us posty people (not just low from sleep/parasympathetic drive,etc) because we are supine and even if the beta doesnt tend to drop us to low during the day, when upright, it'll plummit the rates too low at night when we are in bed supine. he told me to drop my beta blocker dose to a lower dose in the late afternoon's because the half life is significant with the beta i'm on and the afternoon dose was sticking with me into the early morning hours of the next day.

i am wondering if the beta you take in the afternoon is too much, cuz it can stick with you even into the early morning hours, even if taken in the afternoon....

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Hi i am new to this site, so i am glad to meet u, I myself have had this at night, i had a pacemaker installed on Oct 3, i am on BB's and florinef for the help of keepin it up at night, however after a month and a half of being on the florinef, i have started to have chest pains and lots of weight gain, on top of now my bottom # of my pressure is what my top use to be at night , they say that is good but yet, i am showing signs that it isnt, so it effects us all diff. but u may talk with ur dr and try that or another med, they have a few, cause whether they admit it or not, that is why i had to have a pacemaker, mine got so low it would stop completely, i wore a monitor for a month before they found this that would poss be a option as well. Good luck!!

Donna

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Susan

Hope i am not answering u twice, lol, not sure how to use this site too good, but to answer the ques. the pacemaker has been strange at times, i too had a monitor on and they sent the ambulance here a few times and the last time they said not only was i having brady. but tach as well and my heart sometimes would stop for between 5 and 18 beats, so guess i had no choice, although i do know from research that if u arent having ur heart stop and it is just going low and high, sometimes this can be more annoying as they set it to pick up at between h.r. of 60-100 and so i am constantly wakin with it zooming my heart in those rates. It is strange and guess if u have heart rates real high or low it may be a benefit, but if it is rare, i think i would hold off, cause again it is very noticeable. But hope it helps, also hope u dont need one

Donna

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niki, I get much lower hr at night without being on meds. I will sit down to watch tv and suddenly my hr is below 40. I try to take off any compression at that point and will start to drink some ice water. Not exaclty relaxing but it does restore some better heart rate.

Wow Donna, you are dealing with alot! I sure hope they can regulate your pacer so you can sleep better soon.

Tessa, I was astonished to see that you too think you stop breathing...SO do I!! But not like apnea from snoring right? I think I wake up suddenly to get myself to start breathing. I think I do not sleep well because on some level I am unable to be sure I will breathe so I subconsciously force my body not to go deeper into sleep. Does this make sense? (Sorry, I am sleep deprived.)

I am actually hoping in my next sleep study they have a way of testing everything going on. I really need to get a handle on my low hr and poor sleep.

best wishes all, tearose

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I appreciate ur thoughts, and i sympathize with u all as well, u seem like lot of u need to see a heart doc, not a reg one but a electrophsyiologist, they can determine if it is goin to low, esp 40 or below u can die as i almost did. At first i was seein a plain heart doc in the same group and passed out on a stress test and he said i had vertigo, i was rushed to er that night and it just happened the elec. specialist was on call and had a pacemaker in 3 hrs later, so lots arent diag. right due to some docs not knowing the signs. Please make it aware to the right docs cause my heart was stopping it had nothing to do with snoring. Hope it helps u guys!!

Prayers to all

donna

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donna,

i have had an echocardiogram ekgs heart blood work a holter for 24 hrs and a treadmill stress test all were considered normal besides a little tachy on the treadmill....my primary doctor is a cardiologist and ive seen him many times...he swears my heart itself is ok ....what determined them puttin in a pace maker in you? how low was your low and what the heck is considered normal for at night is like 50 normal at night resting or 45 ive never fainted almost once though....im 23 and i really dont want a pacer if i dont need one!

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Tearose, no, I do not snore.

I have a very deep sleep and you cannot listen to my breathe while sleeping.

I also doubt if my body will breathe. I usually get up with a light headache, worse if I sleep more hours. The more I sleep the worse my headache is. Though (unless some exceptions) it fades away when I get up, have breakfast and breathe the fresh air...

I need to sleep a lot because I feel tired. Sometimes I get up and feel I have not rested enough... But I cannot go to bed too late (otherwise I am sick the following day) and I cannot get up too late... Because of getting a headache, nauseas, etc. :blink:

That?s part of my life.

I wish I could sleep until 11 am when I have the day off, but I can?t. :(

BTW, maybe a silly question but...

When you drink a full glass of water all at once... Do you have problems to breathe?

I feel as if I am going to drown, unable to do both at the same time (breathing and drinking) and I have to force myself to stop drinking and to breathe.

:)

Hope you can find answers with your sleep tests.

Take care,

Love,

Tessa

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nikigirl,

I myself had a cardiologist in the same group whom i see now who put in in a mth before my pacer and told me i had a healthy heart, etc. First of all I do still despite its overworking, basically i have no blockages. But u have to have a monitor for more than 24 hrs mine didnt pick up anything substantial for a couple wks, so u need it longer. Also, I have found that if i wouldnt have stumbled across the electrophysiologist with the same group in the er, i would still be having prb. See what happens with us is that when ur neur. system is out of whack, it doesnt send proper signals to ur heart and although i myself like u are considered tohave a healthy heart, what some docs dont know is that your heart can stop as mine did and thank god i had on the monitor to prove it!! But advice, i saw 5 diff card. while inpatient, until a elec. card. came in i was gonna be discharged with vertigo, so u need to stress and demand to see a elect. card. cause they can determine more along the electrical part of the heart. It is vital u do that, cause i was gonna give up, and just assume it was normal and for some reason the last day i had my monitor on, it happened, so it was a miracle that they got me to the er, cause i was asleep and didnt know my h.r. was so low it could have stopped and did stop twice while i am asleep, so u have to be assertive, and demand to see one.

Although no one could poss want one of these, i sure dont,i again would have poss died on chr eve, if i wouldnt have had it.

So I hope u can find a doc to help, but to anyone who reads this, if they only give u a 24 hr monitor, most of the time, u wont get the correct dx. and insurance will pay for 2-4 wks.

Good luck let me know if u succeed, be assertive or demanding, it is ur body!!

Donna

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